Introducing the world’s lightest electric vehicle, the Boosted Board!
Forget electric scooters and bikes, this is the coolest way to get around town. The Boosted Board is an electric powered long board that can reach speeds of up to 32 km/h and tackle 10 kilometers of travel!
With the wireless hand control, the user can accelerate and brake with a simple swipe of the thumb. The Boosted Board utilizes regenerative braking as well, so the on board battery pack receives an extra bit of juice every time you hit the brakes.
The best part about this product is that the powerful twin motors can easily get you up those pesky hills! Get off that busy streetcar and hop onto the Boosted Board! For more information on this cool new product, visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/170315130/boosted-boards-the-worlds-lightest-electric-vehicl?ref=category
3D printing – Creations by Mother Nature!
As Industrial Designers and Product Developers, we all know the advantages of 3D printing. Here at MAKO Invent, it is a big part of our design process and is an excellent tool used to improve and validate design features as well as reduce client cost by cutting down development time. In fact our new MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printing machine should be coming into the office any day now, so looking forward to that!!
Figure 1) 3D printed Shoes for NewBalance
With the specs of the new 3D printer still fresh on my mind, I was watching one of my favorite Youtube channels the other day called Smarter Everyday (subscribe and check out the link here http://www.youtube.com/user/destinws2?feature=watch). The host Destin, had a really cool episode about his own run in with Nature’s own 3D printers. Check out the images below, simply amazing!
Images taken from Youtubes’ Smarter Everyday – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOLpSPEA72U
Other natural 3D printers in the animal kingdom include the Cliff Dwelling Swifts of Southern China whose siliva built nests are a highly sought after delicacy used in Bird’s Nest Soup.
More amazing are the cooling and protective properties of the Giant termite mounds in Africa. All of the above share similar additive 3D technology – just add siliva, building compound and start building!!
For more information on 3D printing, please read Nick Heath’s article “Here are 600 ways 3D printing is changing the world” http://www.zdnet.com/here-are-600-ways-that-3d-printing-is-changing-the-world-7000021703/
Check out the consumer product ideas that these young inventive geniuses have come up with. In a week, The James Dyson Award (from the founder of the famous Vaccuums and other products of brilliant industrial design), will announce the international student invention winner. Up for grabs is almost $50,000 for first prize, along with bragging rights and international consumer product fame! Competition is tight as 650 inventors, industrial designers, and product innovators applied. Here is a link to a summary of the Top 20 James Dyson Award Finalists…
As a design firm, it’s always great to see recognition for pioneers our industry. Today, Google showcased renowned industrial designer Raymond Loewy. He was a proficient inventor across many industries including Railway, Automobile, Window Displays, Aircaft, and more. His most noteworthy industrial design work is likely for his development on various 1930s to 1960s Studebaker cars, and Pennsylvania Railroad passenger locomotives. Much of Raymond’s work will hopefully be seen soon in the Raymond Loewy Museum of Industrial Design, which is currently undergoing fundraising.
In order to be experts in good design, you need to study the bad. We’ve cruised around the web to bring you some terrible industrial design mistakes (some could not be shown due to the PG nature of Mako’s Invention blog!). If you have any that you’ve seen feel free to add them in a comment below the article!